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“This looks fantastic,” said Marco Andretti. “I love racing in Detroit, and this is going to change everything.”

The reaction of the drivers was crucial, since they will be asked to drive two full-distance, full-point races here next summer.

“I hurt already,” Servia joked. “When you race this track on a Sunday, you wake up Monday and you are sore. Now we’re going to wake up feeling like that on Sunday, then have to do it all over again.”

Andretti agreed, saying that the most important part of equipment that weekend will be the team’s massage table, but other drives focused on the implications of having a pair of races in two days.

“Most of the time, when you have two races in the same weekend, they are both half-distance for half points,” said Will Power, who finished behind Hunter-Reay in the 2012 standings. “These are two full races for full points, so the entire championship race could change for people that have good weekends and people that have bad ones.”

It has been less than a month since the season ended, and even though the drivers were shuttling media members in their trucks, they found it impossible to completely hold back their instincts. Andretti charged past Servia heading onto pit lane at the end of the tour, while Hunter-Reay stayed out on the main track and claimed victory.

“I can’t wait to get back here,” he said.